Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How to Get a Job Overseas

I receive a fair amount of emails asking me how to get a job overseas. They come from friends and friends of friends and people I don't know who sort of know people I only kind of know. And I tell them all the same thing: I'm not sure.

It's kind of like asking someone who won the lottery how they did it. I'd been playing for two years, and suddenly, it just happened.

As far as I can tell, there are only two ways to get a job overseas (at least in advertising):

  1. Transfer within the network.
  2. Get a headhunter.

I came to Geneva by way of the former. Because I was interested in going overseas, I was also pursuing via the latter, and had a couple opportunities in Dubai that would have been awesome as fallbacks.

But in either case it's a right place/right time kind of thing. (Not unlike getting a job stateside.)

If any of you expat readers have any other advice, I'd love to hear it, post it and share it.

1 comment:

Swiss Miss said...

I wrote about this on my blog awhile back for those looking for additional info:

http://onebigyodel.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-find-job-in-switzerland.html